Job 33:19 - Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones
For years, the medical profession saw pain as the result of an injury or illness. However, there are times when the pain cannot easily be connected to a specific injury. It may even occur in an area which does not show up on any examinations such as x-rays or MRI’s.
This can be difficult not only for the physician to diagnose, but for the patient who can be made to feel like it’s not real. However, it is real and it does hurt.
Spine-health.com in their article, “Chronic Pain as a Disease: Why Does It Still Hurt?” talks about chronic pain being renamed as a disease. This can affect types of treatments, the prognosis and different ways to diagnose chronic pain.
Many times there is no physical evidence of the pain. You can’t physically see a headache, unless it is caused by a tumor, which can be seen on a CAT scan. However, you can diagnose a patient with chronic pain by also following their symptoms.
Treating chronic pain as an illness opens up new doors of treatment. Physical therapy has in the past mostly been given to those with therapy after a broken bone heals, muscle therapy or therapy after a stroke. Now, that chronic pain has been attributed to being like a disease the therapist can also treat the chronic pain patient with physical therapy.
Treatment can also be outlined for a patient at home. This method of stretches and aerobic exercises can be beneficial for the patient with chronic pain. Also, being that the therapy takes place at home; the patient doesn’t have to go through finding a ride if they don’t drive or shifting their personal schedule so that they can go to physical therapy.
I for one have been doing home treatments for my chronic pain for some time. I had been given therapy at a treatment center and then sent home with specific exercises to do. I have kept up my routine exercises because I found that though it may hurt some while doing the workout; in the long run my pain has been more manageable.
I look forward to the days when pain as an illness will be recognized and new ways of treatment are discovered. If you’d like to read more information about pain as a disease, select the link below to spine-health.com.
Have you experienced difficulty in finding the right diagnosis for your pain and treatment for it? Be sure to let us know.
Proverbs 25:16 - If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
There are many reasons why people gain weight:
One of the main factors of weight gain is chronic pain. As I just stated, taking medications for the pain, such as some antidepressants, can contribute to weight gain. Also, because it hurts so much just to move around, you aren’t as active as you used to be which may cause your system to slow down.
The article, “Could Weight Gain be Adding to Your Pain?” on Berkeleywellness.com contains the results of a survey showing just how likely a person with chronic pain will gain excess weight.
Another thing to look at is how much food you eat. It can be that gradually you started eating more food to help ease pain. But just as the Bible verse above states, too much of eating sweet foods isn’t good. When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you may notice that at first that candy bar tastes great but later it’s taste falls short. Not so with fruits and vegetables. The sweetness of an orange stays the same throughout its consumption.
So what can we do? Eat less and though it may seem like you’d be causing more pain, exercise is a key ingredient to not only losing weight but also decreasing pain.
Need some motivation to exercise? Take a pound of hamburger out of the freezer. Look at it. Note how the weight feels. Now think about all of the excess weight you’re walking around with.
Even if you lose one pound it will help lift a piece of the burden off your back and reduce pain. And the increase of activity will rev up your metabolism, help you sleep better, and even help with your emotional state.
To read some tips on exercise and staying fit for life select the link below.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
When you are stressed or in severe physical pain, adrenalin floods your system. It takes your kidneys at least 20 minutes to filter the adrenalin out of your blood stream. You have to allow your body time to catch up.
One way to get rid of all that adrenaline is to exercise. There are many positives to exercising and staying fit:
You don’t even think about it if you need to take care of your car when it breaks down, yet we often neglect our own body. You may think that not working out helps you avoid pain, but the opposite is true. The more time you take off, between exercise sessions, the more it will hurt the next time.
Okay, motivation. How do I get myself to work out? You may be thinking that you already have enough exercise in your day, but hard work and exercise aren’t the same.
If it was your child that had to exercise to get better, what would you motivate them with? Here’s a way that may at least get you out the door to the gym or start exercising if you work out at home.
On a really down day, try doing only a modified work-out. Some exercise is better than no exercise. Usually though, once you get started working out you’ll keep going.
Reward yourself for working out, whether it’s buying that new shirt you’ve wanted, going to a movie, or even getting a little frozen yogurt on the way home. (You noticed, I didn’t say ice cream! Though, hey, that’s what I’d want!) Anyway, seriously, think about what motivates you to do other things and apply it to working out.
Being committed to working out is important to God, also. In the verses above the author was encouraging believers to run in such a way to win. This was primarily about our spiritual walk with God, but it can also be applied to exercising. You can’t just exercise every once in a while and expect to see results. Exercise for your body’s sake, but also exercise for God. He will in the end reward your efforts.
Select the blue “comments” below and let me know if you exercise regularly and what motivates you to do so. I look forward to hearing from you.
*** Please note: Do not attempt any exercises before you consult with your doctor.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.